Iceland is world renowned for its Northern Lights holidays and for a good reason. Experience Iceland in winter and be your own boss on an unforgettable self-drive tour. This tour is for adventurous people who not only want to explore the beautiful nature of Iceland, but also to enjoy exciting activities every day such as whale watching, a snowmobiling tour on a glacier and a tour in a lava cave. This Iceland Northern Lights holiday package is the perfect combination of unforgettable tours during the day and magical Northern Lights in the evening.
Day 1: Arrival in Iceland
Welcome to your Iceland Northern Lights holidays! Upon arrival you will be greeted by our private chauffeur who will hand you all of the travel documents we have prepared for you, before transferring you to your accommodation in the heart of Reykjavík. In the afternoon we recommend to visit the Northern Lights Center where you can learn something about the science behind this amazing phenomenon and can read about Northern Lights legends all around the world. In the evening you can have a relaxed time in one of the restaurants or you join an optional Northern Lights boat tour where you can see the aurora borealis out on the Atlantic ocean with the city lights in the background. Overnight in the heart of Reykjavík.
Highlights of the day: Reykjavik City, Northern Lights Center, Northern Lights boat tour (optional)
Day 2: Golden Circle with Gullfoss and Geyser
After having received your rental car in the morning you are ready to hit the road. Start by driving to Þingvellir National Park and visit one of the most important historical sites in Iceland where you´ll find unique geology and natural beauty. Continue towards Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring. In the afternoon you can relax in either Fontana Spa in Laugarvatn or the Secret Lagoon in Flúðir with a chance of seeing the northern lights in the late evening. Afterwards you will drive to the area of Selfoss where you´ll stay overnight and if you are lucky some northern lights might light up the sky. Approximate driving distance on this day: 190 km/118 miles
Highlights of the day: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir spouting hot spring, Gullfoss waterfall, Kerið crater
Day 3: South Coast & Snowmobiling Tour on a Glacier
Today we have another exciting activity waiting for you. Start your day by leaving the golden circle area behind and continue driving towards Mýrdalsjökull glacier. On the way there you can stop at Seljalandsfoss and experience a waterfall that you can walk behind, but be prepared to get a little light drizzle on you. A little closer to Mýrdalsjökull you´ll find a small road #222 and there you´ll find the glacier base camp, where your 1 hour long snowmobiling tour begins. You will drive on top of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, where you will experience stunning views. After you snowmobiling adventure, make your way towards the town Vík, where you´ll find beautiful black beaches. Overnight in the area of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Approximate driving distance on this day: 205 km/127 miles
Highlights of the day: Seljalandsfoss, Skógarfoss, Skógar, Eyjafjallajökull volcano, Vík and more
Day 4: Glacier Walk in Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Yet another exciting activity awaits for you today. Leave Kirkjubæjarklaustur and drive towards Skaftafell; an oasis between the black desert and the magnificent Vatnajökull glacier. On the way you will find a number of interesting attractions, such as the church floor – columnar basalt that looks like tiles (exit at Geirland) and Fjaðrágljúfur canyon, which is often overseen by visitors. When you reach Skaftafell you will meet up with your tour guides and they will take you on a 3 hour long glacier walk on Svínafellsjökull, which is a breathtaking outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull glacier. After your guided glacier walk you will continue driving east towards Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and explore the area, before heading back to Kirkjubæjarklaustur where you will stay for a second night. Approximate driving distance on this day: 245 km/152 miles
Highlights of the day: Skaftafell, Vatnajökull National park, Glacier walk, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Kirkjubæjarklaustur and more
Day 5: Horse Back Riding Tour
Your Iceland Northern Lights holidays continue with a horse back riding tour today. On your way back along the South Coast you can make a photo stop at Skogafoss (picture). Just after you have reached the small town Hella, you will find a nice horse farm where you will enjoy a one hour long horse back riding tour where you will meet the Icelandic horse. This is the only breed of horse in Iceland and it displays two gaits in addition to the typically walk, trot, and canter/gallop commonly displayed by other breeds. You will stay for the night in this area. Approximate driving distance on this day: 180 km/112 miles
Highlights of the day: Skógafoss, Horseback riding tour and more
Day 6: Snæfellsnes & Vatnshellir Lava Cave
Today you will discover Snæfellsnes peninsula and visit Vatnshellir lava cave. After breakfast you make your way towards the peninsula. There are a number of stunning nature attractions along the way to Vatnshellir like Arnarstapi, the small church in Buðir and Eldborg crater. Vatnshellir is located in the Snæfellsjökull National Park and is 8000 years old. On the lava cave tour you follow a lava path about 200 meters into the cave and then approximately 35 meters below the surface to see stunning colors and lava formations. Search for the Northern Lights in the evening and overnight on the peninsula. Approximate driving distance on this day: 265 km/165 miles
Highlights of the day: Snæfellsnes, Arnarstapi, Church in Buðir, Eldborg crater, Lava Cave tour and more
Day 7: Winter Whale Watching
Another adventure is on the schedule for today, a winter whale watching tour, departing from the town Grundarfjörður (only available Nov-April). This is one of the best places in the world to see orcas (also called killer whales). It truly is the perfect opportunity to watch these gigantic mammals in their natural environment. In between you have the chance to see some groups of dolphins. After having spent some time sailing in the fresh ocean breeze you will hit the road again and drive west back to Reykjavík. If the weather allows you should check out Hraunfossar waterfalls coming from underneath the lava and Deildartunguhver, Europe´s most powerful hot spring on the way back (optional). Drive through the tunnel and back to Reykjavík where you will spend the night. Approximate driving distance on this day: 240 km/149 miles
Highlights of the day: Whale watching, Grundarfjörður, Hraunfossar, Barnafoss, Reykjavik and more
Day 8: Reykjanes Peninsula & the Blue Lagoon
Today you will discover the geothermal wonders of Reykjanes peninsula with its endless lava fields and black beaches. You will find several geothermal areas around, and you should definitely visit the Krýsuvík area and the Gunnuhver area. Both geothermal fields are situated in the middle of the fissure zone in the mid-Atlantic ridge which traverses Iceland. Make a stop at the Blue Lagoon and relax after the last couple of days of traveling before driving back to Reykjavík where you drop off your rental car and stay overnight for your last night in Iceland. Approximate driving distance on this day: 180 km/112 miles
Highlights of the day: Reykjanes, Krýsuvík geothermal area, Blue Lagoon Spa and more
Day 9: Departure Iceland winter tour
It is time to leave! Hope you have had a wonderful time experiencing the Icelandic winter. We wish you a nice journey back home and hope you will leave our island with fond memories of Iceland and its inhabitants.
We offer three different accommodation categories for this Iceland Northern Lights holidays tour:
Budget Budget accommodation includes shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some you might find a TV and a washbasin in your room. All offer breakfast that’s included in the price. In some places in the countryside you can order an evening meal as long as you give at least a couple of hours of advance notice.
Comfort In Comfort accommodation you will have access to private facilities (shower and WC). These would be 3 star hotels and better guest houses many of whom have their own restaurant. All offer a continental breakfast that is included in the price.
Quality Rooms with private shower/bath and WC. These are the best available rooms in 4 star hotels or the best hotels in each region. Suites and Jr. Suites are available upon request within the Quality category in Reykjavik only.
Season: Mid of September until mid of April
Rental Cars available for this tour are:
E: Skoda Octavia Station – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
G: Dacia Duster – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
H: Skoda Yeti – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
I: Toyota RAV4 – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
J: Kia Sportage – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
K: Toyota Land Cruiser – 4×4 (or similar) – Automatic
L: Land Rover Defender – 4×4 (or similar) – Manual
To get a price quote for your tour, please contact us and state how many are traveling and what type of accommodation and rental car you would prefer.
- 8 nights accommodation (Budget-Comfort or Quality) with continental breakfast
- Rental car of your choice for 7 days with unlimited mileage, CDW & VAT
- GPS unit for easier navigation
- WiFi hotspot in your rental car for easy internet access
- Unlimited extra drivers for the rental car
- Private pick up and transfer from Keflavik International Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík
- Optional private information meeting with our travel consultant in Reykjavik before your tour starts
- 2 hours snowmobiling tour on a glacier (1 hour super jeep transfer + 1 hour snowmobiling tour – double ride)
- 3 hours glacier walk
- 1 hour horseback riding tour
- 1 hour lava cave tour
- 3 hours winter whale watching
- Entrance to the Blue Lagoon – comfort package with use of towel, 1 drink of your choice and face mask included
- Shuttle bus transfer with pickup at your accommodation in Reykjavik upon departure
- Use of an Icelandic mobile phone with 1,500 ISK worth of calls
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes & service fee
- Flights to/from Iceland
- Meals & drinks at restaurants apart from what’s stated in the itinerary
- Personal travel insurance
Please contact us and get a price quote for this Iceland Northern Lights Holidays. Note that this tour is fully customizable and days and activities can be added upon request. This tour is also offered as a fully guided private tour.
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